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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Epiphanies: Still Small Voice

At that place (Elijah) came to a cave and spent the night there.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts, for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind, and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake, and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” ~ I Kings 19:9-13

Where do you find God? Where do you look for God? Where do you notice God?

And how to you look? In prayer?

Do you get a feel for God in worship? In the beauty of nature? In service?

Do you sense God in the big moments of your life?

Or do you sit still and wait. And listen.

Can you sense God's presence outside of those big moments? Can you let silence be the place where God finds you?

I think we expect God to show up in impressive, big ways. We talk to God in prayer. Make our confessions and requests.

But sometimes we need to just sit. And wait. And maybe, wait some more.

And then look, and see God show up in the ways we least expect.

For prayer, sit still for as long as you can, Not asking anything, but just listening for what God wants you to hear.

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